ONSI Corp., South Windsor, CT, reports that one of its first model PC25TM fuel cells has surpassed 40,000 hours of cumulative operation. The unit, owned by Southern California Gas, provides electricity and co-generated heat for the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Irvine, CA. "The durability of the cell stack is a true measure of commercial viability of fuel-cell power," reports Robert Suttmiller, president of International Fuel Cells, ONSI's parent company. Each of the 120 fuel cells in the ONSI fleet of PC25 power plants provides 200 kW--enough to supply electricity for nearly 150 homes. The cells use an electrochemical process to directly convert chemical energy into electricity and hot water. The chemical energy normally comes from hydrogen contained in natural gas. However, the cells do not burn the gas, so they operate virtually pollution-free. "The ONSI unit at Irvine has functioned with an operating availability of 95.6%," Suttmiller adds. "It has produced more than 7 million kW-hr of commercial-grade electricity, eliminating 200,000 lbs of pollutants that would have been created by power generators requiring combustion." FAX Michael London at (203) 459-1032.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.